Just 20 miles from downtown Richmond, Pocahontas State Park offers boating, picnicking, camping, camping cabins, hiking, and interpretive and environmental education programs.
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LOCATION: In Chesterfield County, about 20 miles from Richmond. It's easily accessible from Interstate 95, Route 288 and Route 360. See below for detailed directions.
Its address is 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832-6355;
Latitude, 37.373973. Longitude, -77.571782.
Northern Virginia: two hours
Richmond: half an hour
Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach: two hours
Roanoke: three hours
The Aquatic Center offers seasonal water-based activities for the entire family. It has a kiddie pool, fountain wet deck, three-foot and five-foot-deep leisure pools, an activity pool and two tubular water slides. Rowboat, paddleboat, kayak and canoe rentals also are available at the 200-acre Swift Creek Lake during the summer.
The Civilian Conservation Corps Museum, dedicated to the Depression-era workers who helped build the state park system, is one of a handful in the nation. The park's Heritage Center is available for meetings, events and seasonal performances. Group facilities with meeting space and primitive overnight cabins also are available.
The park's two fishing lakes have crappie, largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. The park has more than 100 miles of trails throughout 7,925 acres open to hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Park size: 7,950 acres. Swift Creek Lake: 150 acres. Beaver Lake: 24 acres. Camp 7 lake: 7 acres.